HHS increases funding to prepare for potential H1N1 virus outbreak

Emergency Management Alert, July 28, 2009

Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius has announced that the department will commit $884 million to purchase additional quantities of the key ingredients to the H1N1 virus vaccine, according to a HHS press release. The additional funding is in response to an anticipated surge of the virus in the fall.

The Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA) in the HHS Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response established the existing contracts with companies who make the supplies in 2004 as part of the National Strategy for Pandemic Influenza.

“We recognize that preparedness is shared responsibility between federal, tribal, state, local governments, private organizations and individuals. We are doing our part to be as prepared as possible for the impact that this infectious disease could have on our country,” Secretary Sebelius said. “Vaccines may serve an important role in that preparedness. The action we are taking today will provide flexibility in a future immunization program, if a program is recommended.”

To view the release, click here.

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